It has been a bank holiday weekend here in the UK and for me that means kids at home and not much work getting done here on Techmedia Fusion. So trying to make the most of the holiday I my son Jude and I went to see the new Marvel Avengers Assemble video. Sneaking into the cinema with loads of sweets and drink rather than paying the extorniate prices at the kiosk is half the fun of going to the cinema, trying to get past the incredibly dedicated ticket collector is really quite a lot of fun. Any way when we both got home we wanted to continue are SiFi movie fest and this was when together, Jude and I decided to research the Top 10 tech movies of all time.
So in reverse order this was the list that Jude and I came up with, what are your thoughts and would you place these movies in different order or would they even feature in your list at all? Jude and I would both love to see your top 10 tech movies list. Also before I begin I just would like to explain that in choosing these movies I have tried to stay away from Sci Fi movies such as Star Wars and Blade Runner, in this selection I have selected based on the amount of computer action actually in the movie.
10. THE NET – Staring Sandra Bullock, released in 1995 round about the time I bought my very first laptop which was a UMAX ActionBook 340T running windows 95. In The Net, Sandra Bullock is a programmer working for a large software company. Her job is to detect and remove viruses from programs, she does not work in the companies office building and stays at home where her computers are her life. It is this life that starts to take a hold on her and things become very dangerous at the hands of another computer programmer.
9. TRON – Staring the one and only Jeff Bridges, released in 1982 I had my ZX Spectrum 48k and never really knew much about computers but when I watched this in the movies I really was mesmerised. Don’t forget back then the graphics where pretty cool, however try to convince my nine year old son Jude that this movie is better than the new Tron movie is just not an easy task.
8. SWORDFISH – Staring John Travolta and the beautiful Halle Berry, released in 2001. Jude had no input in this movies listing as he is too young to watch it, however this is an awesome movie for geeks, gadget freaks and techies the world over, providing you are over 15. Travolta is a big time criminal who hires a master hacker to break into a super encrypted computer system to steal millions to fund Travolta’s terrorist cell. Loads of twists and turns, fantastic storyline and jam packed with awesome tech, not to mention the beautiful Halle Berry, not that I want my female viewers to think I am objectifying women.
7. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – Staring Tom Cruise, a remake of the 70′s hit TV series and released in 1996. I know this is probably an odd selection to be in this list, however as with most movies that end up in a group, the first MI for me was by far the best. Maybe not as many stunts performed but in this movie a lot more emphasis was given to technology with Ethan Hunt using an Apple PowerBook after his ten are all killed. I just loved the movie and the tech that was displayed throughout.
6. THE MATRIX – Staring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Laurence Fishburne, the first in a trilogy released in 1999. This movie was all about hackers trying to find their way out of the Matrix. Keanu Reeves aka Neo, was the main hacker and The One. This movie at the time was like no other movie, cinematography was outstanding and Nokia brought out the 7110 slip phone, just like the one used by Neo in the movie. I bought this phone back in the day and I swear to you I thought I was Neo when I used it and a call came in. I longed for people to phone me just so that I could hit the latch on the side of the phone for the mouth piece to flip down. Sad I know but the Matrix had a big influence over loads of geeks.
5. TRON LEGACY – Staring a much older Jeff Bridges, but looking not a day older, released in 2010, a million years away from the original in terms of effects. Visually this movie was simply stunning and the movie basically left off from the previous movie 28 years earlier. Disney stayed true to the original movie, Jude and I hope that another Tron movie is made where Sam Flynn goes back to rebuild the grid his father built before him.
4. THE SOCIAL NETWORK – Starring Jesse Eisenberg as the Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, released in 2010. Not the first movie made about the CEO of a big tech company but the most modern of them certainly. Initially when I heard about this movie I stayed away from it in the cinema,mainly due to what I already knew about Mark Zuckerberg, I seriously thought it was going to be a very flat movie, also at the time I was not a big Facebook user, still not really a big user actually. However when I watched the movie on iTunes, I really was disappointed that I didn’t watch it in the cinema. It was a well put together movie and certainly had an excellent storyline, added into the mix it’s real life nature, a movie I loved from the first time I watched it.
3. PIRATES OF SILICON VALLEY – Staring Noah Wyle as the so called second best CEO the world has ever seen, Steve Jobs and Joey Slotnick playing the magnificent Steve Wozniak followed by Anthony Michael Hall as Bill Gates, released in 1999. Obviously at number 3 you can tell one of my all time favourites. This is the story about Apple V’s Microsoft, a movie that has two already volatile groups, debating the truth behind certain story lines in the movie. This is a must see movie no matter what camp in the computer world you belong to, if anything this movie will open your eyes to a not so meek a mild Bill Gates, quite the wild child, milky bar kid,in his youth.
2. WAR GAMES – Staring Matthew Broderick as a hacker kid who loves to play games online, almost causing catastrophe, released in 1983. This movie is james packed with retro tech from the 80′s, floppy disks as they used to be really floppy, using the modem where you had to place your phone handset onto the modem so it could listen to the dial tones. My friend at the time had this type of setup on his BBC Micro computer in his house, I was so jealous of him back then simply because it looked like the setup used in this movie. If my friend had of given me that setup back then I wouldn’t of had a clue what to do with it.
1. HACKERS – Staring Jonny-Lee Miller and the beautiful Angelina Jolie, released in 1995. I know this is probably quite juvenile of me choosing this movie as my number one favourite, however Jude and I both watch this movie such a lot and to be fair my wife doesn’t mind sitting with us when we do watch it. My wife has nothing to do with technology so the fact she can sit and watch this movie says something. This movie is so inaccurate in terms of what hackers are really all about, however it is such a fantastically laid out movie.
So I hope you don’t disapprove too much of our list too much, however I would love to know your list, what are your top 10 tech movies of all time.
And for the very sharp eyed among you, what is the model of portable computer Zero Cool (Jonny Lee Miller) uses in Hackers? Watch the movie and take a close look, maybe a few pauses before you can identify it.